Preventing childhood obesity through cycling
One of the goals of the Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundations is to prevent childhood obesity through cycling. Today one in three children are obese. Obesity is the second highest risk factor for cancer behind smoking. Obesity is the leading cause of diabetes, high blood pressure and high cholesterol. Last year diabetes treatment costs total 174 billion dollars. It is estimated that in 40 years when this generation is middle-aged, one in three adults will have diabetes. We have an epidemic that is snowballing out of control and our youth are innocent victims to a lifestyle of sugar-saturated foods and a lack of exercise. The Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation will reverse this situation through education and cycling. Exercise is essential to making an insulin resistance cell more receptive and reversing diabetes. Cycling is easy on the joints, socially appealing and enjoyable making it the ideal exercise for over weight children.
The Aaron Shafer Memorial Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of entirely volunteer members. 100% of all proceeds go directly toward filling our goals. The main educational tool that we have is the Aaron Shafer Memorial Road race.
We will also be starting a Cycle Recycle program to provide needy children with bicycles. Our long-term aspirations are to have several local cycling teams at the junior high level and a school-sanctioned team at the high school level. Many colleges offer cycling scholarships.
We hope that you will consider Cycling for both yourself and your family.